Thursday, December 19, 2019

Secret Santa

Posted By on Thu, Dec 19, 2019 at 7:56 AM

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Thank you for my bottle of wine! It is greatly appreciated, especially after the day I endured today. I don't know which one of you it was from, but thank you.
—A Grateful Colleague
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Saturday, December 14, 2019

To the concerned motorist

Posted By on Sat, Dec 14, 2019 at 10:59 AM

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I was walking to the bus stop a couple of weeks ago. As I was crossing a sidewalk with a walk sign on Oxford Street, some absolute moron whose windows were fogged-up blew through the oncoming traffic, narrowly avoided hitting a school bus and almost ran me down. I was furious, because in the last few days prior to this I've had way too many close calls with distracted drivers in the Quinpool area. After trying to chase down the guy, I walked back up the road to where my bus stop was, and discovered you had been pulled over waiting to ask if I was alright. It was a very kind gesture, so I wanted to say thank you very much, and I hope you never end up in an accident because of the fault of someone who shouldn't have a driver's license.
—Just Trying To Get To School In One Piece
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Friday, December 13, 2019

I never sang you a song

Posted By on Fri, Dec 13, 2019 at 8:56 AM

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And boy I wish I did. Will we ever meet again? I search for you in everything.
—Yours
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Thursday, December 12, 2019

Tatted gym-goer in knee-high socks

Posted By on Thu, Dec 12, 2019 at 3:43 PM

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To the tatted man who goes to the university gym: Interesting manner about you and I have to say I’m intrigued. Could have sworn we made prolonged eye contact (maybe I’m reading into it). Next time you’re in you should bump into me at the water fountain. I promise I’ll start the conversation.
—A Gym Goer
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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Tanx bys

Posted By on Wed, Dec 11, 2019 at 1:40 PM

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Love is alive in Halifax! My car battery died at the casino. One guy stopped with his girlfriend, but couldn't get it going and my cables fried. Another guy also came over to help, but no luck. I headed to the casino's front desk to call a tow truck, and the female employee suggested asking a cab driver. Sure enough, one very friendly driver in car #091 came to the rescue without any thought at all. I offered him money and he said no, but I insisted. You guys make this city such a great place to live.

Oh, and I wasn't supposed to be at the casino so you saved my neck also. Thank you, and a very Merry Christmas.
—Gerard
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Thursday, December 5, 2019

Thank you for not driving

Posted By on Thu, Dec 5, 2019 at 4:17 PM

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Let’s think about all of the common reasons why drivers get frustrated with pedestrians—they’re slow, they’re erratic and unpredictable, they’re distracted or inattentive, they don’t obey traffic signals, they don’t wear visible clothing and so on. (There are good pedestrians too, but we don’t complain about them.) Now let’s imagine those people driving the way they walk. A slow, erratic, inattentive driver who doesn’t follow the rules of the road, is WAY worse for everyone who uses the roads; drivers, pedestrians and cyclists alike.

You never know why someone has chosen to be a pedestrian. For many people it’s for financial or sustainability reasons. It could also be that they have an intellectual disability making it difficult to understand the rules of the road; they might be responsibly staggering home while drunk; they might be on a medication that affects their response time; they might be rushing inattentively to get out of bad weather or home to a sick dog; they might be a teenager whose brain hasn’t fully developed the protective awareness measures that adult brains (typically) have; or they might be a terrible driver whose license has been suspended.

As drivers, we are assumed to have adequate reaction times, have committed to minimizing distractions in our cars, to follow road rules,and to look for erratic pedestrians (or cats, or stray children). We have the onus of government-issued responsibility, a pedestrian doesn’t have the same—and might not even be capable of assuming this responsibility. So to all the pedestrians out there who aren’t walking because it’s cheaper or more environmental—THANK YOU! You keep walking, and I’ll pay attention so as not to scare or squish you if you’re walking irresponsibly, even though you might frustrate or startle me. I hope other drivers do the same.

TLDR: Some pedestrians are better off walking; drivers please be patient and attentive to this, and thanks for keeping our roads safe(r) by not driving if you can’t or shouldn’t.
—Pedestrian-compassionate Driver
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Got your name, but not your number

Posted By on Thu, Dec 5, 2019 at 8:22 AM

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I'm generally not one to talk up strangers in grocery store check-out lines, but there was something about our exchange of smiles and gazes around the store that compelled me to check out with you. Watching you shudder, then laugh was the perfect reaction to me describing my art. I shouldn't have let you leave without my number. Here's hoping we'll meet again at our favourite north end grocer.
—The Sculptor
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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Love for The Coast

Posted By on Wed, Dec 4, 2019 at 1:10 PM

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My very first job was delivering The Daily News as a teenager; sad to see Metro go. Have been reading The Coast since you first started. Hope you find the printer that is right for you so we can all continue reading your great Halifax paper. Cheers!
—Sporty Forty
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Saturday, November 30, 2019

Cosmic love

Posted By on Sat, Nov 30, 2019 at 11:14 AM

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I never thought I’d meet anyone that I loved like I loved her. I thought that the days of butterflies were long behind me. Never did I expect for you to be the one I wanted to stay up with late at night. Wake up beside. And kiss every day for the rest of my life. If only I could tell you these things, but you’re my best friend.
—Girl With Luv
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Friday, November 29, 2019

Best bus driver in HRM

Posted By on Fri, Nov 29, 2019 at 9:09 AM

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I want to shout out the driver of the 3 who always stops for people when they’re running to catch his bus. You’ve saved my roommate and I from being late for work numerous times, and I’m sure there are others who can say the same! In all my years of being a Halifax Transit passenger, he’s the only one I’ve seen do this, which is why I’ve named him the best bus driver in HRM. Love!
—I’m Usually On Time I Swear
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Thursday, November 28, 2019

Produce never sleeps

Posted By on Thu, Nov 28, 2019 at 4:06 PM

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2019 is almost over. Don't you want to fulfill your resolution? Tell me bad jokes and I'll kill your spiders.
—Blueberry
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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Morning sunshine

Posted By on Wed, Nov 27, 2019 at 2:02 PM

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Could the mustachioed fellow who has the morning shift at the Alderney Ferry booth be any more awesome? Always smiling, always kind—he is an amazing ambassador for Halifax Transit. Now, to take his amazingness over the top, he has constructed a festive, functional model of the ferries crossing the harbour. Your smiles and your costumes and your kind words are so appreciated, sir. Well done!
—8:15'er
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Saturday, November 23, 2019

On the way home

Posted By on Sat, Nov 23, 2019 at 11:13 AM

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To the lady with red hair in Lower Sackville. Thank you for your nice words and I'm sorry I almost made you miss your stop, but I must admit I am a smidge confused. You came up and touched my arm and told me that "it takes great courage." Thank you again, but I didn't know what the context was and why, but again thank you? Hope you have a nice day!
—Malh
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Friday, November 22, 2019

Girl with luv

Posted By on Fri, Nov 22, 2019 at 8:44 AM

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Every day, I fall a little more in love with you. I never expected to, but once I noticed the feeling creeping in, I was powerless to stop it. I don’t think you feel the same, nor are either of us in the place to begin a new relationship, even if you did. Maybe, one day. For now, I’ll cherish our every stupid little joke, our all-day text conversations and our close friendship. I just wish you knew how special you really are.
—Your BB
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Thursday, November 21, 2019

Thank you for your energy

Posted By on Thu, Nov 21, 2019 at 4:05 PM

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To the beautiful soul I shared a drink with at the airport, a seat in the rocking chairs and all those beautiful moments in between. I may never see you again, but the imprint you had on me will stay with me always. I want to stay with you in that other world.
—Rock Girl
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